Hona Leigh Knudsen moved to Floyd Virginia In 2009 to begin a 3 year apprenticeship with renowned 16 Hands potters Richard Hensley and Donna Polseno, after graduating from West Virginia University where she majored in Ceramics. She now lives in Copper Hill, Virginia as a studio potter. She is currently a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, the Blue Ridge Potters Guild, Round the Mountain, and Terra Floyd. Hona’s work is wheel thrown porcelain pottery that is fired to cone 10 in a gas reduction kiln. Each piece is intended for use in the home and kitchen. Her influences are both traditional and contemporary, with a strong influence from Asian pottery in her forms as well as her glazes.